this was a quick late night project that, literally, can cost nothing.
our shelf of family photos was missing my parents and i finally got to editing the photo that i have that i think they would both approve of. tricky, that! but, having something along the lines of 0€ in the budget for a picture frame i came up with this quick solution.
i started by cutting a piece of heavy cardboard (use your recycling powers here if you can!), non-corrugated is best, to whatever dimensions you like. i went with a bottom heavy 'frame' to keep the photos at different heights. then i went over the the Flickr group Best Textures - a group of creative commons photos, and printed out a wood texture that would go with our decor. i've recently discovered high resolution inkjet paper and that is really a help here, the image prints out at a very smooth high quality. i adhered this paper to the cardboard and simply used some artists tape to stick the photo on. you can add a triangle to the back to prop up the piece, or simply lean it against something. done.
it may be a temporary solution but you can really try out some fun things and change out the photo whenever.
try scanning too: an old letter from grandfather to grandmother with their photo attached. some fabric you adore. leaves. lace, anything.
i'd love so see if you try it out!